"The longest journey of any person is the journey inward"
- Dag Hammarskjöld
"Respect for the word - to employ it with scrupulous care and an incorruptible heartfelt love of truth - is essential if there is to be any growth in a society or in the human race.To misuse the word is to show contempt for man. It undermines the bridges and poisons the wells. It causes Man to regress down the long path of his evolution."
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Dag Hammarskjöld is most famous for his role as Secretary General of the United Nations between 1953-1961. Dag is also known for his poetry book “Markings” (Vägmärken), which has been translated into a variety of languages, his Haiku poetry, his career as a public servant with a leading role within the Swedish Finance Ministry, his language skills, his interest in art, philosophy, religion, diplomacy, music, nature, hiking and more.
Dag wrote several books during his lifetime. To find out more about the books written by and about Dag Hammarskjöld, click here
Dag's personality and actions have made a clear mark in history, but many people and organizations are still very inspired by his values and work ethic and continue to work in his legacy.
Dag tragically passed away in the service of the United Nations when his airplane crashed in Congo, Africa on September 18, 1961.
For his service he was posthumously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1961
In March 1962, The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation was officially formed. It would be an autonomous non-governmental organisation, carrying out its own programmes, governed by an international Board.